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SPECIAL ARTICLE  INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND CHEMOTHERAPY CONSEQUENCES: AN INVESTIGATION TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN PATIENTS 

Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2018 October;177(10):543-7

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.18.03815-9

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Urinary schistosomiasis and bladder cancer: an emerging issue in a new era of migration

Francesco SCARLATA 1 , Giuliana GUADAGNINO 1, Caterina CAROLLO 2, Teresa REA 3, Nicola SERRA 3, Valentina CAPUTO 2, Claudia COLOMBA 1, Chiara IARIA 4

1 Department of Health Promotion Sciences and Mother and Child Care “G. D’Alessandro”, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy; 2 Dipartimento Biomedico di Medicina Interna e Specialistica (Di.Bi.Mi.S), Policlinico “Paolo Giaccone”, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy; 3 School of Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 4 Infectious Diseases Unit - ARNAS Civico, Di Cristina, Benfratelli, Palermo, Italy


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Urogenital schistosomiasis in migrants may lead to a lack of recognition of the disease in countries such as Mediterranean regions where schistosomiasis is only rarely encountered. Purpose of the study is to define the Interplay between Urinary schistosomiasis and bladder cancer. The role of certain schistosome antigens Influence immune response and promote inflammation and cancer was debate. Conventional radiology has a high sensitivity in detecting both the content and the development of precocious cancer lesions. Bladder cancer diagnosis and staging was also discussed. Identification of the optimal target population by clinical and conventional investigations among arriving migrants and increased involvement of infectious/tropical disease specialists associated with educational programs of health care, may represent an innovative and cost-effective solution to decrease the long-term clinical complications of urogenital schistosomiasis and to reduce urinary egg elimination.


KEY WORDS: Schistosomiasis haematobia - Urinary bladder - Neoplasms

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